Test first, register for classes next.

NSCC's Center for Alternative Studies and Education Testing is the first stop for incoming NSCC students. Once you've been accepted to the College, you must take your Accuplacer tests before you register for classes to determine which classes are right for you. Our services are in compliance with the Professional Standards and Guidelines of the NCTA (National College Testing Association).

Learn more about Accuplacer Testing

Testing Hours and Location 

Have you earned credit for prior learning?

For students with military experience or prior learning, you may have already earned credit that you can apply to your academic program.

Credit for prior Learning program video

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How do I get credit for Prior Learning?

Testing Services

Incoming Students

Accuplacer Placement Testing
Advanced Placement (AP credit) for high school students
ESL Placement Testing
Pre-college High School Equivalency Testing for high school students 
Proctored Testing
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
Testing for Distance Learning Courses 

Current Students

Basic Skills Core Requirement
Computer Literacy Challenge Exam
Departmental Exams


The Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing supports the college goal of blending tradition and innovation, serving as a resource to individual learners, faculty, other college departments, and the community. Through outreach and collaboration, we strive to expand opportunities for all. We provide an array of testing options and alternative methods to earning college credit with a commitment to a comprehensive approach in a supportive environment.  The Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing proudly adheres to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.

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